The UK NSC recommendation on Anal Cancer screening in adults
Find general information about population health screening.
Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
A national anal cancer screening programme is not recommended because there is not enough evidence and understanding of the condition to be sure a screening programme would deliver sufficient benefit. The review found that:
More about Anal Cancer
The anus is the opening of the bowel, and is controlled by a ring of muscle that opens and closes to control bowel movements. Cancer of the anus is rare. Less than 800 people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year in the UK. As with most cancers the cause of anal cancer is unknown. It is slightly more common in women than men.
• Barts and the London NHS Trust, Sexual Health Centre
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
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